UNEMPLOYED jobseekers in Brighouse will be given free bus journeys across the UK in January as part of a new industry initiative, Bus for Jobs.
Greener Journeys – a campaign to promote sustainable travel – has agreed a deal with the UK’s leading bus companies to enable jobseekers travel free of charge for a month.
In Yorkshire and the Humber, Stagecoach, First and Arriva Yorkshire have agreed to support the joint initiative that will provide help for people who are actively seeking work or taking part in training.
Jobseekers who have been unemployed between three months and one year will be eligible, although the scheme is particularly targeted at young people for whom unemployment rates remain high.
Claire Haigh, Chief Executive of Greener Journeys said: “This scheme will help get people on the move and into work or training. Our research shows that bus travel makes a massive contribution to UK and reliable, affordable, and accessible bus routes can help to boost economic growth.
“In difficult economic times, this new scheme will provide a helpful start to the New Year, enabling job hunters to travel around more easily in search of employment, to job interviews with prospective employers, and to training courses which will help them find work.
“The number of bus travellers continues to grow in the UK, and over 5.2 billion bus journeys were taken by Britons in the past year.
“More people commute to work by bus than all other public transport combined and bus commuters already generate over £64 billion of economic output.”
The scheme will cover holders of a JobCentre Plus Travel Discount Card. Those who are eligible for the card, which is available through JobCentre Plus, include people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance or Income Support and actively engaged with a Jobcentre Plus adviser in returning to employment.
For more information visit www.busforus.co.uk